Dries Verhoeven

WITH PLEASURE / première
12.12 - 14.12

Have we tamed the animal within?

Artist Dries Verhoeven creates performance and installation art that focuses on the relationships between viewer, performer, reality and art. He previously built a theatrical haunted house in the middle of the city ('Phobiarama'), organised a baroque funeral ('De Uitvaart') and released 70,000 ants in scale models, as a metaphor for the catastrophe of humankind ('Homo Desperatus'). For his latest work, 'Animale / Rationale', Verhoeven explores the visibility of what drives us.

With the advent of the internet, we have created a space where we can discuss our sexual desires explicitly with unknown others and without censorship. But in the 'civilised' public space we seem to have tamed the animal within. Have we all become prudish? Verhoeven investigates whether this reserve in the analogue world serves to compensate for our digital debauchery.

Please note: it is expressly forbidden to take pictures of the installation. 


thu 12.12 & fri 13.12 -  from 18:00 till 19:30 & 20:00 till 21:30 & 22:00 till 01:00
sat 14.12 - from 15:00 till 17:30 & 18:00 till 19:30 & 20:00 till 01:00
De Vitrine
daylife / installatie / première
in dutch

© Frans de Waal

“In Verhoeven’s installations, happenings and performances, the viewer is implicated in the project in a way that is difficult to predict, and often radically so, although based on an open relationship—namely, that of a voluntary glance.”

- Kasia Torz, Klaxon


performance: Evalinde Lammers & Barnaby Savage - tekstbijdragen: Jibbe Willems - software spraakherkenning: Sylvain Vriens & Laurens van der Werff - dramaturgie: Hella Godee - assistentie artistiek: Bart van de Woestijne & Casper Wortmann - met steun van de Ambassade van het Koninkrijk der Nederlanden in België